Volocopter VoloDrone


Quick Summary

Sharing strong synergies with the existing Volocopter platform, the VoloDrone presents an unmanned, fully electric utility drone, capable of carrying heavy payloads. The VoloDrone has been designed and engineered to serve challenging missions across diverse industries, adding the third dimension to sustainable transport.



Volocopter, based in Bruchsal, Germany.







Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details

1 General Aircraft

Type: Unmanned multicopter

Aspired Certification: EASA CS UAS

Power type: Electric/batteries

2 Performance

Take-off mass (MTOM): 800 kg

Payload: 200 kg

Equipment: Box, sling, sprayer, spreader, customised gear

Range: 40 km

Cruise speed (Vc): 80 km/h

Max speed (Vne): 110 km/h

3 Structures

Materials used: Composite, aluminium, 3D printed nylon

Number of rotors: 18

4 Powertrain

Power supply: Battery packs

Battery type: Lithium-ion

Battery system: Exchangeable rechargeable battery packs

Battery swapping time: < 5 min

Engine type: Brushless DC electric motor (BLDC)

Number of motors: 18



Our Take on VoloDrone


The first flight of the VoloDrone demonstrator in October 2019 marks the beginning of intensive customer interaction in real-life applications, which provides the basis for the serial product. Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are seeing new opportunities to apply aerial mobility technology to the logistics industry, and as it leads to increased competition in the sector, could benefit and expedite the implementation of the technology for human transportation.With the VoloDrone's adaptable payload system, Volocopter aims to reach a wide swath of market opportunities ranging from agriculture, logistics, and infrastructure to public services, all while offering time and cost advantages compared to existing solutions.